The Little Details
Running Time: 82 min.
Production Date: 4 / 15 / 2001
Cast: Briana Banks, Julia Ann, Tera Patrick, Bobby Vitale, and Devin Wolf
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Joone has done a very nice job with the later installments of this series. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all began...
Initial Reaction: It's easy to see how this became such a well known series.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting softer, artistic sex
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting hard or intense sex or to hear the performers
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very nicely done. There's no audio other than music, which is normal for this series. The video is presented in the full frame format. The sun shade from the camera pops into view now and then, but for the most part the video looks fantastic. There's barely a hint of grain and the lighting is fantastic.
Music: Being the only audio in the movie, the music is very important. There's a little variation to the style, but it almost always works well for the scenes. There's a couple times it seemed a little soft, but it works well for the sex and doesn't feel overly repetitive.
Menus: The main menu is pretty generic, and just gives a still of Tera with a bit of the action behind her. The chapter menu is also very generic, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a chapter number.
The FeatureThe Island Fever series works with a simple idea, beauty. The cast is kept small and good looking, and the locations for the sex are as beautiful, if not more beautiful, than the performers. There’s never a story to lead into the scenes, but there’s always scenery of one kind or another.
|Scene 1 – Julia Ann and Tera Patrick|
Tera starts things out in a waterfall that appears to be running backwards. She runs her hands around herself and kicks back in the water as Julia crawls around in the surf around the beach. Julia crawls around getting the sand in places man men dream of cleaning up, and Tera moves to the pool in front of the waterfall to diddle herself.
This is a nice little opening scene. It's soft and sensual, and the visuals are excellent. Tera and Julia both look fantastic, and I really like the contrast between the beach and the waterfall. This was a very nice opening sequence.
|Scene 2 – Tera Patrick and Devin Wolf|
Tera meets Devin at the edge of the jungle with the ocean in the background. They kiss passionately before Tera drops down to start sucking his cock. Devin doesn't bother to tongue her in return, and instead goes right to fucking her missionary style on the grass. He fucks her from behind standing up by a banana tree before letting her ride him reverse cowgirl style back in the grass. Finally, Tera gets down to take a nice facial from Devin before sucking out the last little bit.
This is a very hot scene. It's soft and passionate, but far from boring. The visuals are fantastic once again, and there looks to be some nice chemistry between Tera and Devin. The scene moves along quite nicely, and worked very nicely for me.
|Scene 3 – Julia Ann and Devin Wolf|
Julia moves from cliffs to a waterfall and its pool, where the water once again runs backwards now and then. She shows off and lightly touches herself before Devin joins her with a soft and passionate kiss. They move to the grass beside the pool for Julia to suck his cock as well as his nipples before she comes up to kiss him passionately again. Devin fucks Julia from behind back in the pool by the waterfall before they go back to the grass for a reverse cowgirl ride. They keep moving over to a cliff by the ocean for Devin to eat Julia's pussy before fucking it missionary style. Finally, Devin climbs up to pop on Julia's tits.
This is a hot scene. Julia and Devin have great chemistry together, and also put out some nice energy. Not surprisingly, the visuals are fantastic, but the lack of real audio held the scene back a little for me. Even with the lack of audio, this is a hot and beautiful scene.
|Scene 4 – Tera Patrick and Bobby Vitale|
Tera moves to the desert for the next scene. She runs in the desert and plays in the sand a little before Bobby magically joins her on her blanket. He kisses his way across Tera's goddess-like body from her tits down to eating her pussy and fingers her ass a little before letting her suck his cock in return. Tera rides Bobby in both cowgirls before letting him pound her doggie style. Finally, Bobby pops on her ass and then comes up to kiss and hold her tight.
This is a great scene. Bobby and Tera have fantastic chemistry, and even without audio there's no denying it. They both put out plenty of energy, and I love how Bobby starts things out working on Tera orally. This is easily one of my favorite scenes in the movie.
|Scene 5 – Julia Ann and Devin Wolf|
Julia starts out her second scene standing outside a pool before getting in the pool to dance a little. Devin appears to fuck her from behind in the waterfall for a few moments before she appears on the edge of the pool again.
This scene just didn't do much for me. It starts off nicely, but it moves on to the next scene way too quickly. Julia and Devin do a nice job, but the scenes didn't last long enough to really matter to me.
|Scene 6 – Briana Banks and Bobby Vitale|
Briana appears on the beach to dance around next. Bobby appears on a rock and lets Briana work him over orally and titty fuck him a little. He lets Briana lay back on the rock so he can tongue her as well before fucking her from behind. Bobby pulls out and pops on Briana's pussy before going back to fucking her from behind and then lets Briana ride him reverse cowgirl style as he sits back on a rock. Bobby even fucks her missionary style on the rock before giving Briana a second pop on her stomach.
This is an okay scene. Briana looks very quiet, so the heavy music here didn't hold things back much. She and Bobby seem to be into each other okay, but Briana's quiet look made it seem like they weren't overly into each other. Bobby has two pops to change that opinion for some people, but this scene just didn't work as well for me.
|Scene 7 – Tera Patrick and Devin Wolf|
Tera struts her stuff through the rainforest before she leans against a tree for Devin to eat her pussy from behind. He lets his tongue jump up to taste her ass as well and then trades places so Tera can suck his cock while he leans back against the tree. Devin fucks her from behind against the tree before giving it to her missionary style in the grass. Finally, Devin drops his load on Tera's stomach.
This is a very nice final scene. There's plenty of chemistry between Tera and Devin, and once again there's a nicely romantic feel to the scene. The action seems a little short being only two positions, but it works. The lighting seems to be dropping as the scene is shot, and it helps the scene have a feel of everything wrapping up before heading to bed. This was another very nice scene.
Island Fever is a very nicely done adult film. There's no plot to worry about, but Joone makes sure to more than fill things up with style. The entire movie is filled with beautiful locations from Maui, and it captures enough of the Hana area that I was afraid I'd start to feel carsick again recalling the hundred hairpin curves we had to go through to see each beautiful waterfall. Tera and Julia both look every bit as beautiful as the locations, but Briana's overly implanted tits just looked a little too fake and didn't blend in quite as well for me. The girls have very nice chemistry with the guys, and it comes through even without being able to hear the performers. Although I really liked the movie, I can also see it not working for some people not only due to the lack of audio, but the soft feeling. There's some good passionate sex here, but there's a romantic feeling more than anything through the movie. It's something that seems fairly rare in porn today, so I'll readily admit that it helped draw me into Island Fever just as much as the locations. Island Fever one of the few adult films in recent times that focuses on beauty and romance rather than nastiness, and ended up being a winner for me because of it.
The Extra StuffThe photo gallery includes about two dozen great looking full screen photos and snapshots which you can either watch at your own pace or as part of a roughly two minute photo gallery. There's also a commentary track and a behind the scenes featurette.
Joone and Tera Patrick team up to give a full length audio commentary. Tera does the majority of the talking with Joone joining in to add to what Tera says and prod her on now and then. There's plenty of talk about what happened making the movie as well as lots of talk about sex. Tera doesn't hold much back talking about sex, or anything else for that matter, and is more than engaging throughout the entire commentary. It makes this an extremely enjoyable commentary to listen to, and one of the highlights of the DVD.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts about nine and a half minutes. It quickly moves from location to location, starting right away at the airport. You get to see plenty of the things that go wrong, as well as Tera commenting on how she doubts she'll ever win an award as she sits around with Julia. You get to see plenty of the stars dealing with freezing cold water and mosquitoes, as well as some of the problems shooting the scenes. It's a nice little behind the scenes featurette, and well worth checking out if you enjoyed the movie and or the commentary.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, tease, masturbation, and rimming (male > female)
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: Between Devin Wolf and Tera Patrick; Devin Wolf and Julia Ann; Bobby Vitale and Tera Patrick
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of Digital Playground’s bigger releases can be found online for between about $18 and $28 with a few stores offering them for under $20. If you want beautiful, romantic, and slightly artistic sex, this one's going to be well worth your money. Every location captures the beauty of Maui extremely well, and there's some hot sex to go along with it. The technical aspects are extremely well done, and there's even some nice effort put into the extras. This DVD might be a few years old, but it shows a lot more care than most releases that are put out even now.
Note to Digital Playground: It's great to see just how consistent you've been with the care you've put into your movies.
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